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BC Names AVP John Burke Financial Vice President, Treasurer


CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (12-7-15)—Boston College has named Associate Vice President of Finance John D. Burke as its new financial vice president and treasurer. He will succeed Peter McKenzie, who is retiring on December 18 after 25 years of service.

John Burke
BC Financial Vice President and
Treasurer John D. Burke.

Burke, the University’s chief finance leader and a 1984 graduate of Boston College, brings to the position 30 years of financial leadership in both higher education and health care. After serving in leadership roles at Caritas Christi, St. Elizabeth Medical Center and Partners Health Care System, Burke returned to his alma mater as director of University budgets in 2008, where he developed and implemented the annual operating and capital budgets and managed the University’s comprehensive long-range financial plan. He was promoted to associate vice president of finance in 2012, where he oversaw all operational and organizational functions for the Controller’s Office, Procurement Services, Accounts Payable, Financial Management Systems, University Operating Budget and Capital Budget. In addition to these roles, he will also oversee Internal Audit, Risk Management, Treasury, Dining Services and Boston College Police.

In announcing the appointment, University President William P. Leahy, S.J., praised Burke as an experienced finance officer and University citizen. “John has decades of experience in financial management, including seven years as director of University budgets and associate vice president of finance at Boston College,” said Fr. Leahy. “He is a respected, talented member of our community who is clearly committed to BC’s mission. I look forward to working with him.”

Burke said he was excited to take on this critical role and to continue the skilled fiscal governance that has been McKenzie’s trademark and a key factor in BC’s success.

“I am honored to be selected as the next financial vice president and treasurer of Boston College,” said Burke.  “I consider myself fortunate to have had Peter McKenzie as a mentor over the past seven years and look forward to continuing his financial legacy as he retires after a quarter century of service to Boston College. I would also like to thank Fr. Leahy, [Executive Vice President] Michael Lochhead and the search committee for appointing me. I look forward to working with Fr. Leahy, senior leadership and the Boston College community as the University embarks on a new strategic plan, and to working more closely with Boston College’s academic leadership, vice presidents and administrators in advancing the University.”

Among his professional associations, Burke serves as treasurer and director of Boston College Ireland, founding board member of EdHealth and representative of the Collaborative Educational Ventures of New England.  He is also active in the National Association of Colleges and University Business Officers, the Eastern Association of Colleges and University Business Offices, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Chief Financial Officers, and the Atlantic Coast Conference’s association of fiscal officers.

He is a certified public accountant and holds an M.B.A. from Suffolk University. He has also served as an auditor and financial consultant for Deloitte.

While at Boston College, Burke participated in the 2013 cohort of the Ignatian Colleagues Program and has been a supportive member of Boston College’s Monserrat Coalition, which provides support for more than 1,400 low-income students. An avid runner, he completed the Richmond Marathon in Virginia this fall.

Burke’s BC roots run deep. His father, Donald, was a 1952 graduate of Boston College and his son, Matthew, a 2015 grad. His son, Andrew, is a BC sophomore, and his wife, Patti, is a clinical instructor at Children’s Hospital, where she teaches students from the Connell School of Nursing.

“It is with heartfelt gratitude that I accept this appointment,” said Burke. “I commit to work tirelessly on behalf of Boston College and in support of the University’s goals.”


—Jack Dunn, News & Public Affairs
—Photo by Lee Pellegrini